Spring Education Day at Evangelical Lutheran Schools 2019

Students from Dar al-Kalima Evangelical Lutheran School crane forward to see their peers from Beit Sahour dance traditional Palestinian Dabke. Photo by Adrainne Gray/ELCJHL

Beit Sahour – The Evangelical Lutheran Schools (ELS) 2019 Spring Educational Day was held on a cool, clear day 17th April. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar, Principal Georgette Rabadi, and ELS Director of Education Dr. Charlie Haddad welcomed volunteers, pastors, administrators from The ELCJHL’s  four participating schools, representatives of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education and Bethlehem Director of Education to the celebration of academic competition.

Spring Educational Day is an opportunity for students to showcase their language, scientific, and humanities skills in friendly competitions.

  • Arabic Forum: Mini-talks and Q&A for Grades 5-6-7
  • English Language Bowl: Mini-talks and Spelling Bee for Grades 8-9-10
  • Information Marathon: Q&A for Grade 11, Scientific & Humanities Streams

Students prepared themselves throughout the winter for the Educational Day.

Hope Ramallah School Receives Funds for Playground, Sports Complex

The Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope Ramallah inauguration of outdoor space. Photo by Majdi Mrabie/ELCJHL

Ramallah – The Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope was one of several Ramallah non-profits to receive a $130,000 gift last year from the Azeez Shaheen Charitable Trust-Foundation based in Atlanta, Ga., USA.

The financial gift contributed to the completion of the School of Hope playground on the Kindergarten campus, and the improvement of the sports complex and a few other outdoor spaces surrounding the facility.

According to The American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine, the fund established in 1966 by Mr. Azeez Shaheen to assist non-profit establishments in Ramallah was terminated and the principal divided equally among:

Abu Dis Aged Home; Birzeit University Fund; Boy Scouts Ramallah; El Nahda Women Society of Ramallah; Arab Women’s Union of Ramallah; Greek Catholic School of Ramallah; Greek Orthodox School of Ramallah; Lutheran School of Hope; St. Joseph Sisters of Ramallah; Salvatorian Sisters – Qubeibah Aged Home; National Society of Visually Handicapped; Catholic Near East Welfare Association; Dalton State College Foundation; Evangelical Home for Children; Friends Boys and Girls School; Georgia Institute of Technology; Rosary Sisters of Beit Hanena; United Holy Land Fund; and, Rosary Sisters of Bethlehem.

Azeez Shaheen Charitable Fund representative addresses School of Hope during the inauguration of outdoor space. Photo by Majdi Mrabie/ELCJHL

Mrs. Nijmeh Ghanem, a representative of the charitable foundation and a retired teacher of Hope Ramallah School, said that Mr. Shaheen did not want the money to be used for administrative costs, but for places for children to play outside.

“Hope has used the money very productively for students to have space. Good bodies make good brains.”

Mr. Shaheen, a well known Palestinian philanthropist, died at the age of 101 in 1997.

Dabke Dancers celebrate during The Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope Ramallah inauguration of outdoor space. Photo by Majdi Mrabie/ELCJHL


Opportunity Palestine to Feature ELS Schools

Launches Newsletters With Updated Design

Want to stay informed with what our Evangelical Lutheran Schools are doing?

Take a look at the Opportunity Palestine (a non-profit supporting ELCJHL schools in Palestine) newsletter. Each newsletter will feature one of our four schools in the West Bank.

This issue highlights Adam of Dar Al-Kalima Lutheran School and the winner of an international math competition. Enjoy!

Environmental Education Center “Promoting Environmental Action in Palestine” 9th Annual Conference

photo by Genna Clemen

By Genna Clemen

Bethlehem – On November 19th and 20th, 2018 the Environmental Education Center (EEC) held their ninth annual Palestinian Environmental Awareness and Education Conference under the title “Promoting Environmental Action in Palestine: Mechanisms, Plans and Decisions” under the patronage of Rt. Rev. Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land.

The conference brought together people from academic, GO, NGO and private sectors to contribute to the conversation about the environment in Palestine. The conference was held at Jacir Palace in Bethlehem and was comprised of 27 different speakers on a variety of environmental topics.

The conference provided a space for different interest groups to discuss, contemplate and learn more and over the course of two days, the conference was broken up into 5 speaking sessions, followed by questions and ended with group plan formulation of a joint plan for 2019.

The conference opened with an opening ceremony attended by Rt. Rev. Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar, His Excellency Mr. Kamal Hamid, Governor of Bethlehem, Mr. Jamil Al Matour representing His Excellency the Prime Minister Dr. Rami Al Hamadallah, Dr. Mohammad Al Rimawi representing His Excellency Dr. Sabri Saidam, Minister of Education and EEC Director Mr. Simon Awad. The conference addressed topics varying from water treatment and waste management to ecotourism and social engagement.

Each speaker brought a new perspective through a variety of scientific research methods, experimentation, research and practice. The conference explored strategies that target a variety of groups including women, students, people working in the private sector and families living in both rural and urban landscapes. Strategies were evaluated on scientific, economic, legal, social and technical strategies. To wrap up the conference, participants broke into four groups to discuss enforceable plans and actions that support great environmental change. The wide expanse of information that the conference provided allowed teams to delve deeply into ideas about plans and sustainable hope for the future.

 

Gallery – click “current galleries”  

Hope Takes Three Prizes in the Ramallah Environmental Competition

by School of Hope Principal Naseef Muallem

Ramallah – In the spring of 2018, the School of Hope entered the Ramallah Municipality Environmental Competition.

We were deemed eligible alongside 14 other local schools to be evaluated by a committee comprised of members of the Ministries of Education, Medical Affairs, and the Ministry of Environment. This committee’s role was to evaluate two aspects of each school: (1) its academic and social commitment to environmental friendliness and (2) a play with an environmental focus put on by students in April. Although our school has a long history of an environmental club the Al-Rajaa Theatre Troup only started in January 2018.

Regardless of the fact that they were so new, our theatre group put together a wonderful play for the April competition. On 15-10-2018, a festival was held at the Ramallah Municipality to bestow awards upon schools, theatre groups, and individual students. This festival drew people from various governmental ministries, principals of Ramallah’s schools, students, NGOs and families.

That day, the School of Hope received three awards – more than any other school in Ramallah district. Our theatre troupe got second place, the school was ranked third most environmentally friendly school in the city despite the fact that we have moved to the new campus recently, and one of our students, Michael Rishmawi, was named the second best actor in Ramallah. We as a school are incredibly proud of these achievements and of the fact that our students were able to compete so well in their first theatre competition.

 

Back to School for The Evangelical Lutheran Schools’ 2018-19 School Year – “Hope” Deputy Principal Reflects

As The Evangelical Lutheran Schools (ELS) begin their 2018-19 Academic school year this week, The Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope – Ramallah Deputy Principal Ms. Mays Husary reflects on her successes and challenges from the last school year and shares her hopes and excitement for the coming year. 

Ms. Mays Husary

By Ms. Mays Husary,

Ramallah – In April of 2017 I became the Deputy Principal at the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope – Ramallah (SoH).

During that first year I faced many challenges and obstacles and made mistakes, but above all, I have learned.

Now that I am familiar with school procedures, regulations, laws, legislation, staff and students, I believe that the 2018-19 school year will bring continuous development of the school improvement plan. The school improvement plan states that the school administration (represented by its principal and staff), the school’s local committee, the ELCJHL Director of Education and the ELCJHL church council will collaborate to provide an excellent education at SoH.

One of the first steps in providing that stellar education is to ensure that students have a beautiful and safe learning environment.

Therefore, The Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope moved to its new campus the year I began as Deputy Principal. Despite the challenges, the students now have a better physical infrastructure and a healthy learning environment.

Classroom sizes in the new building are bigger, and most of them are equipped with projectors. In our old facility, there was only one science lab; however, the new campus offers students three labs for Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. The students are no longer crowded in one playground but have two recess spaces with green areas at the new site.

Having bigger classrooms with technology makes it easier for teachers to implement new techniques and methods.

These new techniques are in accordance with ELS’ holistic education, critical thinking and its participatory philosophy, which is achieved by the new administration.

Next year, we are all looking forward to the half Olympic pool with a fully equipped exercise gym and a cafeteria that will be a community center in the afternoon.  Although the school building and facilities are not finished for expansion and more student admissions, the Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in cooperation with the church are working hard to complete the unfinished parts, and prepare the school for an increase in the student body.

I am proud to be part of this enthusiastic student body and staff.  I will always be committed to my role, and to nurture our students into becoming creative, capable and innovative learners.

Our philosophy encourages and trains teachers to employ active learning methods.

I hope that our students will be more than just students but become responsible community members of the future and advocates of The Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope. We strive to make Hope the best school in Palestine.

 

 

COCOP Resources

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They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace.

Jeremiah 6:14

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COCOP 2020 Agenda

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COCOP 2020 Full Reports

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2020 Educational Ministries Report

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Spring Educational Day at Evangelical Lutheran Schools 2018

2018 Spring Educational Day at Beit Sahour. A student prepares for English Mini-Talk. photo by Ben Gray / ELCJHL

Beit Sahour – The Evangelical Lutheran Schools (ELS) 2018 Spring Educational Day was blessed with sunshine and bit of spring rain on the 21st of April. Principal Georgette Rabadi, and ELS Director of Education Dr. Charlie Haddad welcomed volunteers, pastors, administrators from The ELCJHL’s  four participating schools, representatives of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education, Bethlehem Director of Education, and The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land Bishop Ibrahim Azar to the celebration of academic competition.

Spring Educational Day is an opportunity for students to showcase their language, scientific, and humanities skills in friendly competitions.

  • Arabic Forum: Mini-talks and Q&A for Grades 5-6-7
  • English Language Bowl: Mini-talks and Spelling Bee for Grades 8-9-10
  • Information Marathon: Q&A for Grade 11, Scientific & Humanities Streams

Students prepared themselves throughout the winter for the Educational Day.

Gallery 

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The Environmental Education Center Students Plant Trees For Families Behind the Wall

Story and Photos By Mr. Simon Awad, Executive Director of the Environmental Education Center at Talitha Kumi

Beit Jala, West Bank –  On Friday, March 2, 2018, the Environmental Education Center (EEC) organized a tree planting campaign with 44 students from the Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour and the Beit Jala Secondary School for Girls.

The EEC supervisors explained the importance of trees as a necessary function in the ecosystem. EEC educators facilitated group discussions about the olive tree as part of Palestinian land and identity. Also, the EEC staff prepared the trees and equipment for planting. Before the students planted, EEC staff taught them proper planting techniques, how to dig safely, safe planting distance, and methods of irrigation.

The Students Planted 20 olive trees and another ten native trees in Mr. Simon Naser’s property, which is near the Separation Wall. The students were happy to have a conversation with the farmer, and they understood and felt Mr. Naser’s steadfastness in his land, which is threatened by Israeli confiscation, every day.

Mr. Naser was born in Beit Jala City in 1953; his wife inherited a house and four dunums (1 Acre) of land from her father. When the Israeli Occupation began building the Separation Wall, some of their property was confiscated, and now the Wall surrounds it.

Mr. Naser said that the Wall increased his determination to take care of the land that remained. He started planting olives trees and native plants. Mr. Naser added that he appreciated the EEC for its planting campaigns on his land. He thanked the EEC for the nearly 80 olive trees and 30 native plants that he received from the EEC in 2017 – 2018.

Mr. Naser said that he picked olives from the trees that he received from the EEC last year. Furthermore, the EEC helped him in obtaining tubes to protect the trees from stray dogs that harm his trees.

(The Environmental Education Center can be found on Facebook at Environmental Education Center – ELCJHL)

Dar Al-Kalima School Offers New Focus of Study Beginning 2017-2018

Dar al-Kalima 2017 graduation. Photo by Ben Gray / ELCJHL

By Dar Al-Kalima Principal Anton Nassar

Bethlehem, Palestine – Students and their parents, as well as the Administration of Dar Al-Kalima Lutheran School (DAK), are excited about the new Literacy Stream expansion. Streams or tracks are an intense focus in a students’ curriculum. Since 2000, when the school moved to its current location, until the 2016-2017 academic year, we have offered only a Science Stream leading to graduation. Not having access to a Literacy Stream meant that students who wished to continue their liberal arts studies of languages, history, geography, and humanities had to transfer to another school that offered the necessary graduation requirements for the Literacy Stream.

Beginning this current scholastic year our students in grades 10 and higher will be able to choose either stream of study, Science or Literacy, and continue their education through graduation with their friends and teachers at Dar Al-Kalima. This expansion of studies brings us great pleasure because it includes students with a wider variety of interests and abilities and enables the students to remain in our learning community from pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Our graduating classes may double in size with this new stream.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land Synod approved Dar Al-Kalima’s request to pursue the Literacy Stream. The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education gave Dar Al-Kalima permission to add the new track. Because our school is strong and we have supporting facilities, the PA granted Dar-Al-Kalima the Literacy Stream.

We are all excited and enriched by the opportunities this gives our students as well as faculty and administration to provide a broader and richer educational experience for all of our students. It will be exciting to welcome twice as many graduates each year and to send them into our community as young Palestinian leaders formed spiritually, educationally, and socially by our eight School Values: Faith, Hope, Love, Peace, Justice, Belonging, Team Work, and Constructive Dialogue.

Our next pursuit will be the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Stream, a qualifier for entry into the United Kingdom university system.

We give all thanks and glory to God for entrusting us with this educational mission bringing up our most precious resource — our children.